On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation under the guise of religious liberty to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and…
What the fuck, Kansas. This reads like an article from The Onion.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” This is nothing new, but the sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.
As if “religious liberty” is code for “the right to be a hurtful dickbag to people who are different than you.” Your version of religion is the worst if that’s a legitimate expression of it.